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Gena Rowlands is an American actress who went from understudy to lead role in the original Broadway production of “The Seven Year Itch”, and opened in “Middle of the Night” in 1956. She made her film debut in “The High Cost of Loving” in 1958. In 1964 she starred in the well-received television series “Peyton Place”.
Rowlands received a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the Cassavetes film “Gloria”. To name a few, Ms. Rowlands has been nominated for: two Academy Awards; six Emmy nominations, and one Daytime Emmy; eight Golden Globes; three Satellite Awards; and one SAG Award. Some of her notable wins include: a Silver Berlin Bear; three Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy; two Golden Globes; two National Board of Review Awards; two Satellite Awards; and one Prize San Sebastián.
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